Kara’s Quick-Knit Tip: Forget the Slip-Knot

When I first learned how to work the Long-Tail Cast-On, I was instructed to begin with a slip-knot, but I later learned that this was an unnecessary step. I found this to be one of the best tips I ever learned.

In the book, Knitting Workshop, Elizabeth Zimmermann  clearly explains how to omit the slip-knot perfectly. Once you learn this, you’ll never make one again!

   Step 1: Drape yarn around needle.

Step 2: Insert thumb and index finger of opposite hand and slide between the 2 pieces of yarn hanging from the needle.

Step 3: Work the Long-Tail Cast-On as usual.


3 Responses to Kara’s Quick-Knit Tip: Forget the Slip-Knot

  1. Joan says:

    I was doing that by mistake and thought is was wrong. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Tabetha says:

    And here I thought I was special by using that technique. 🙂 I always tell my knitting students that this little trick will save 1.56 seconds out of their life. Haha!

  3. This is great! I’m going to start teaching my students to do it this way! Anything to save time and make it easier for them to learn gets my approval! Thanks for sharing Kara! 🙂

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